Dozens of Midwest high school teams, including students from 15 Chicago Public Schools, competed in the Midwest Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. Student teams built their own robots in six weeks, with the help of mentors from Boeing, Motorola and other top technology companies. Participating CPS schools included: Clemente, Juarez, Curie, Tilden, Julian, Lindblom, Austin Polytech, Hope, Marine Military and Phoenix Military.
Mayor Richard M. Daley observed a demonstration from a robotics student representing the After School Matters and Motorola & Roberto Clemente High School team during the FIRST Robotics Midwest Regional Competition at the UIC Pavilion on Friday, February 27.
“I can’t think of anything that makes science more fun than the FIRST Robotics Competition,” said Mayor Daley. “I think this is a great program for teenagers. It appeals to their competitive instincts. It requires teamwork, which is so important in business and in life. And it can lead these kids toward promising careers.”
The Clemente team made it to the semifinals and received the Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism Award. In addition, The Engineering Inspiration Award went to the Chicago Knights, a team with students from five CPS high schools. These students have been invited to the national championship in Atlanta.
FIRST is a not-for-profit organization that partners high school students with professional engineers to design and build a robot in six weeks. Each robot is made out of a common set of basic parts and has to complete specific tasks to continue onto the next round.
Learn more about FIRST.